The races will be held on Friday, March 5th; Saturday, March 6th; and Sunday, March 7th, at Theodore With Park in Minneapolis, MN.
On Friday, skiers will compete in a freestyle sprint qualifier in the afternoon/evening. There will be a classic distance race on Saturday morning (5K/7.5K/10K) and SkiX on Saturday afternoon. A freestyle pursuit race based upon finish times from Friday and Saturday’s races will be held on Sunday.
Relevant information on the weekend’s events can be found below.
This event will take place in the lingering shadow of COVID-19. As such, the event will follow protocols outlined by national, state, and local health officials, as well as in conjunction with rules set forth by the national and regional ski governing bodies.
This is a draft schedule and is subject to change. Detailed schedule coming soon.
- Afternoon Race: Freestyle Sprint Qualifier
- Morning Race: Classic Distance (5K/7.5K/10K)
- Afternoon Race: SkiX
- Morning Race: Freestyle Pursuit (based upon finish times from Friday and Saturday’s races)
This race is governed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) Rules as well as the US Ski & Snowboard rules.
All events are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes. Randomized testing will be conducted – primarily in the start pen – and all athletes will be subject to a mandatory ski check pre-race. All competitors will be required to report to Ski Control in the start pen prior to their start at selected events.
Classic Pole Length
Per FIS rules (ICR 343.8.2), race officials will be enforcing the 83% classic pole length rule. Please ensure that you arrive at the start corral with sufficient time prior to the start time. For your reference, the athlete’s height will be measured with the race boots on and to the top of the uncovered head.
Diagonal Technique Zones
The Organizing Committee is informing all competitors that, per FIS ICR 310.2.1, “the jury may ban or enforce the use of specific techniques on marked sections of the course.” The Jury has decided to use zones where only Diagonal Technique (including Herringbone with NO glide phase) with diagonal movement of both arms and legs are allowed. In Diagonal Technique when only one pole is in the ground at any time. ALL other techniques are not allowed. Course controllers will be present to enforce the technique rule.
Start / Finish Areas
Only racers and credentialed coaches, race staff, and volunteers are allowed in the start/finish area and on the course. Spectators are not permitted to ski, run, or walk on the course.
A large, indoor, unheated waxing facility with lights and electricity will be provided by the host organization – the Loppet Foundation. The facility is located adjacent to a groomed, lighted wax testing ski trail and is approximately 200 meters from the start/finish stadium.
- The waxing facility will be available on Friday, March 5, only. Tentative hours of waxing facility operation are 6:00 – 9:00 pm and may be adjusted based on need/demand.
- Tentatively, there will be a limit of up to six teams/coaches in the facility at one time. A maximum of two team members/coaches will be allowed in the facility at any one time. Compliance with COVID procedures in place at the time of the event will be mandatory and expected by all teams using the waxing facility. Each team will be required to sign up for waxing space. We will communicate the wax schedule sign-up procedures by early February, and we will communicate a team waxing schedule in mid-late February.
In addition to the indoor space on Friday, each team will have space available for team trailers in the parking lot adjacent to the start/finish stadium as well as space available for team tents in the stadium area. Limited electricity may be available in the parking lot on a reservation basis as noted for the indoor facility noted above. Electricity is not available in the start/finish stadium area.
Parking for athletes, coaches, and families will be at the Mortenson parking lots (700 Meadow Lane and 4100 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN 55422).
Start Lists / Results
Age groups will be divided by participant’s year of birth.
- U20: 2001 – 2002
- U18: 2003 – 2004
- U16: 2005 – 2006
The official start list will be available the week of the event. Athletes are responsible for ensuring that all their information is accurate.
Results will be posted here when they are available.
Maps + Distances
Sprint Race Maps
Distance Race Maps
- Distance Course – 2.6k Blue Course Map & Technical Map
- Distance Course – 3.3k Red Course Map & Technical Map
Wax Testing, Warm-up & Venue Maps
Volunteers are needed in a number of areas. Contact email@example.com to get involved.